Sunday, July 30, 2017


One of the most exciting features of the MoSGA annual conference is the book sale.  We collect all year and offer up many vital reference, history and genealogy books any family historian would want.  While we offer countless Missouri-related tomes, you will also find numerous options from surrounding states such as Kansas and Illinois, but also options from states and regions across the United States.

Courtesy of

With prices beginning at $2.00 and none higher than $10.00, everyone can walk away with some treasured finds. The doors will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, and at 8 a.m. on Saturday. On Friday, books up to 200 pages will sell for $2 each; those with 201-500 pages will sell for $5 each; and those over 500 pages will sell for $10. Starting Saturday, prices drop to all you can fit into a plastic shopping bag (we provide the bags) for $5.00.

See you in the Lewis & Clark Room, just outside the Vendor Area at this year’s conference!

Don't Miss These Great Sessions at the MoSGA Conference, August 4-5, 2017

In addition to our Keynote Speaker Kathleen Brandt, we will have several can't-miss lectures from our other speakers including: 

  • Where Did You Come From, Missouri Settlers: Beth Foulk
  • Applied DNA – A Case Study Using DNA to Break Down Brick Walls: Eric Wells
  • Grandpa “Stole Chickens in the Nighttime”: What Penitentiary Records Can Tell You About Your Family: Mary Stansfield, CA
  • Grand Army of the Republic, Loyal Legion, and other Civil War Union Veterans’ Associations: Dennis Northcott 
We are offering a choice of 2 pre-conference workshops:
  • Introduction to Public [Federal] Land Records
  • Accessing European Church Records  
See you on Friday in Columbia!  If you still haven't registered, you can do so on the MoSGA website.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Launches New Society Management Webinar Series

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced the launch of their Society Management webinar series. This series of free events will bring a much-needed aspect to the array of learning opportunities currently provided in the genealogical community; focusing solely on the leadership and management of non-profit societies.

The August session will feature David Rencher, CG, presenting on the best practices – and challenges – surrounding The Nominating Committee.

Each month thereafter will feature a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board. Registration will be necessary, and regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media. Webinars will occur every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vita Brevis

Once in a while I like to recommend  a blog or website. I have been reading Vita Brevis, the blog associated with, the website for the New England Genealogical Society for the last few months.  The blog is informative and tells some great stories. Part of the reason for the success is that several people contribute to the blog, which keeps it fresh and entertaining. Even if you don't have ancestors from New England you will enjoy this blog as the stories are rich in American history and the examples given often have a wide application. Try it out today!

MoSGS Conference Only Two Weeks Away!

We are very excited about the 2017 annual MoSGA conference to be held in Columbia,  MO at the Stoney Creek Conference Center on August 4-5. 

The lineup this year is stellar with our Keynote Speaker Kathleen Brandt offering several not to be missed lectures. Kathleen will be joined by some of the best speakers Missouri has to offer.

If you haven't had a chance to register you can do it here.  We will see you two weeks from today in Columbia!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pictures of Ellis Island Immigrants

While many of us have accessed an ancestor's records from his or her entry into the United States, few have ever had more than imagination to consider what our relatives were wearing when they arrived.

These photos from Ellis Island are truly amazing, adding rich detail to our imagination.  Check it out today!